News from East Midlands Trains

02.06.2016

Railway passengers to be greeted by Nottingham art

Passengers at Nottingham Railway Station will be able to get a glimpse of Nottingham’s arts scene in an eye-catching display case installed by Nottingham City Council.

The glass exhibition case is available for hire by arts, academic and other cultural organisations to show the millions of people who use the station each year what Nottingham has to offer.  The case, which is being reused as it is no longer needed by its previous home, Wollaton Hall, is expected to present contemporary artworks, museum exhibits, fashion displays and other examples of the city’s culture.  In addition, the council will apply for Arts Council England funding to commission artworks specifically for this site once a year.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “This is a great opportunity for some of Nottingham’s arts organisations to highlight their events, exhibitions and work to the millions of people passing through the railway station each year.  We hope to secure a grant to commission one artwork each year, so I’m looking forward to seeing what innovative pieces appear here in future.  This is an example of the council making good use of its limited resources in the current economic climate as the case is being reused and it will now become a source of revenue.”

Paul Spencer, Area Station Manager Nottingham for East Midlands Trains, said: “We’re really pleased to be working with Nottingham City Council on this new installation at the station.  With over seven million passengers using the station each year, it’s a great way for us to demonstrate some of the exciting local talent we have in the region and, with a prime position in the station, we’re certain it will be very popular amongst our customers.”

David Wallace, Interim Chief Executive, Experience Nottinghamshire, added “Nottingham Railway Station is a major gateway into the city, and the first impression of Nottingham for new visitors.  The display case will add interest to the visitor experience when arriving by train, and is a fantastic opportunity for our rich local arts and heritage scene to showcase its strengths to tourists and locals alike.”

Anyone interested in hiring the case should contact Principal Arts Officer Sharon Scaniglia at Nottingham City Council on 0115 876 5583 or at sharon.scaniglia@nottinghamcity.gov.uk.